Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 3 - Pin end crowd

Laser 4.7 Worlds 2011, San Francisco
Laser 4.7 World Championships day 3, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Saturday morning on San Francisco Bay saw clearing skies for the first race of the day for the girls fleet. After noticing the big opportunity that Greek sailor Athanasia Fakidi found yesterday to port tack the fleet from the very open pin end, 'the girls today,' according to photographer Chris Ray, 'crowded the pin end RC boat, which actually got tapped a few times.' No stone goes unturned with these girls. After a long course, Greek sailor Vasileia Karachaliou rounded the leeward mark ahead of the fleet, only to be passed by two of her competitors as they headed back upwind. Kim Plitkin finished first, but was OCS; regatta leader Cecilia Zorzi, ITA got the win, followed by Karachaliou and Nagisa Karis Sakai of Hong Kong.

While the girls start their second race, a gun at the club goes off indicating it’s time for the 112 boys to get their boats from the lawn, down the drive, to the ramp, and off the dock before the girls come in. It’s a quick and efficient process that the Club put together in order to navigate the single ramp that all 165 boats have to go up and down every day. When a fleet arrives at the dock after racing, volunteers meet them with a dolly, the sailor takes the boat up the ramp, around a loop to a hosing station, and then back to the lawn where they carefully and meticulously go over the boat and check for any equipment in need of repair or replacement.

In the second of the girls’ races, Italian Anna Liebman won the race, but Cecilia Zorzi is still winning the event with only six points after six races. Kim Pletikin, in second with 21 points, and Line Hoest, in third with 29, will face a tough challenge over the next three days to hold their places and get ahead of Zorzi.

The boys’ yellow and blue fleets started on time at 1400 today; after a recall, the races started under black flag and nine boats were flagged. After all clear starts in both fleets, the boys headed upwind in a building ebb with wind ranging from 13-17 knots. The wing marks tended to make the race into a contact sport as the boys converged to get the closest rounding they can, jibe, and head to the leeward mark on a high speed reach. The teachings of Dave Perry come to mind (if you see a big cluster at the mark, go around it and at all costs avoid protests) as the boats squeezed together, hailed protest, and slowed each other down.

Nevertheless, the Spanish regatta leaders Francisco Gonzalez in first with six points and Carlos Rosello in second with ten points, along with Hong Kong’s Keiju Okada in third with 22 points bobbed and weaved their way through the traffic and on to top finishes.

Results Laser 4. 7 Girls   Scores take into account 1  discard  
1ITA 200480Zorzi Cecila6.0(5)11112
2SLO 198483Pletikos Kim21.01356(ocs)6
3NOR 194765Höst Line Flem29.0122276(24)
4GRE 183545Fakidi Athanasia32.03(bfd)43175
5GRE 194857Karachaliou Vasileia36.09(bfd)81324
6NOR 198747Herud Celine Therese38.018(bfd)6473
7TUR 198917Yentur Zeynep42.066162(25)12
8ESP 196946Luque Gonzalez Yolanda GranCan42.04(bfd)185411
9HKG 122064Sakai Nagisa Karis45.0214(23)8318
10ITA 193660Liebman Anna65.0(41)221212181
11BRA 197089Silva Julia72.025913(27)1114
12SUI 197161Van Campenhoudt Marine76.014159(45)1325
13USA 165073Bushnell Lola77.030511922(37)
14SLO 174363Peternelj Eva77.071827(39)1510
15BEL 201051Van de Loock Laura78.013(bfd)3172421
16ITA 195487Modena Camilla79.015102120(38)13
17CRO 196187Prtenjaca Nikolina82.0102319(26)237
18AUS 196421Bennett Milly87.0198(42)112920
19SUI 199846Jayet Maud88.011(bfd)3118199
20SIN 185404Siew Kiah Hui Savannah90.0811203120(40)
21AUS 169684Chesterman Sophie92.0(37)2014291019
22USA 188912Bryer Rachel96.02816(34)241216
23GBR 199438Asplund Johanna99.0237302316(32)
24CRO 182661Kacan Antonela101.021(bfd)2928815
25USA 194042Weaver Hanne111.0454101042(ocs)
26ARG 159970Zalazar Maria Florencia111.024192616(34)26
27CRO 186212Hamerlitz Anja111.017(bfd)22222129
28JPN 196486Kunimi Ayano119.022(bfd)33153217
29ITA 193583Caruso Bianca124.031(bfd)15212631
30SLO 196239Janezic Lea Dora126.016(bfd)2835398
31SIN 185781Goh Su Min Rebecca130.029(bfd)24361427
32USA 191985Naughton Sophie133.0(44)1232253034
33AUS 184674Barton Emma139.027(bfd)7374028
34ITA 196211Frazza Francesca140.0(46)2138143730
35USA 176237Hughes Hannah143.03613(47)413122
36USA 164258White Maeve145.032(bfd)17462723
37GER 181610Edinger Nadine151.0(48)263938543
38GER 193240Hinders Sonka152.040174319(48)33
39JPN 199062Murayama Hitomi169.026(bfd)25492841
40IND 195372Sadanandan Shweta170.04324(48)48946
41IND 190923Charles Shaila173.0(47)2845323335
42SIN 182202Ho Airiel175.020(raf)3730dne36
43USA 198386Mackey Sarah192.0(50)2935344747
44ARG 164030Rivas Ines193.03430404346(48)
45HKG 180992Mascia Sofia-Marie195.033254950(dsq)38
46IND 195378Nedunchezhiyan Aishwarya198.03932(50)474139
47ARG 146046Varela Dasso Lucia200.03527514443(ocs)
48AUS 184702Vaughan Anna203.0423136(51)4549
49USA 199347Kardek Haley203.049(bfd)44333542
50USA 158824Goethe Hannah206.038(bfd)46423644
51USA 192949Dana Francesca221.051(bfd)41404445

Results, pending protests, are posted here
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